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Fiber– The Natural Cholesterol Fighter

Updated: Apr 12

If you have frequent complaints related to digestion or constipation or even high cholesterol, then the fiber content in your diet is not adequate. Instead of visiting your doctor to get some artificially prepared supplements for constipation, why not find out how to get these things naturally in our diet.

There are 2 types of fiber in our diet. These are soluble and insoluble fibers.


We can’t digest them so why are they still so important. That is because our gut bacteria in the large intestine ferment these fibers to produce fatty acids which have various health benefits.


Soluble Fiber

They are so-called because the carbohydrate molecules are water-soluble and form a gel-like structure in water.


Sources:

Oats, oat bran, dried beans and peas, nuts, barley, flax, chia, fruits like oranges, bananas, blueberries, and apples.




Their Job:

To reduce the serum or blood cholesterol levels by helping in quick excretion of the bile acids in the stool rather than letting them be recycled in the liver. They also help the excretion of sex hormone by-products.


Insoluble Fiber:

These are primarily found in the structures that make up the plants’ rigid cell walls. These do not react with water.


Sources:

Celery, root vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, fruit and vegetable skins, whole grain seed hulls, seeds, and nuts.



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